Border Crossings / Cross Canada Fundraising Auction

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February 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

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Lot 3

Melanie Authier

Melanie Authier
Lot 3 Details
Melanie Authier


Watercolour and ink on paper
signed; framed in a thin profile white matte lacquer frame with premium anti-reflective Artglass

14.5 x 11 in — 36.8 x 27.9 cm

Estimate $3,200-$3,500

Realised: $3,100

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Melanie Authier
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Courtesy of the artist; Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.

The Work & Artist Bio

Metronomic Pull, 2023, a watercolour and ink on paper shows the artist’s delicate hand. Layered but maintaining a carefully controlled transparency, Metronomic Pull speaks to the tension and balance Authier shows in all her works. Always supported and governed by a strong sense of structure, she tests and teases the question: can the centre hold? Flight and gesture, air and light are all, indeed held in this fine drawing.

Melanie Authier (Canadian, b. Montréal) received a BFA from Concordia University (2002) and an MFA from University of Guelph (2006). Authier has shown in numerous public galleries including The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON and Galerie UQAM, Montréal, QC. In 2023 Authier was one of ten Canadians to participate in the Napoule Artist Residency in the South of France. A major touring solo exhibition “Contrarieties & Counterpoints” curated by Robert Enright (2016–2018) travelled to seven venues across Canada (publication). Recent group shows include “Friendship’s Death” at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL (2023), “This Sacred Vessel Pt.1” at Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY (2020) and “The Tremendous Elusive: Emily Carr and the Canadian Imaginary,” The Canada Gallery, Canada House, London, UK (2016). Her work is in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée régional de Rimouski, QC, Canada House, London (UK) and the ARBZ-Visual Art Collection-Global Affairs Canada in Madrid and Berlin. Authier currently lives and works in Montréal, Québec. She is represented by Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.

Melanie Authier, Border Crossings Issue 145, 2018

The Wholly Trinity, Border Crossings Issue 135, 2015

Conundrumming, Border Crossings Issue 133, 2015

Artist's Website

Olga Korper Gallery


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About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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